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  1. I picked this Clausing 8520 up for $700... weighs about 800 lbs. Belt drive is no problem... added a new 3/4 hp, 3 phase motor and vfd. Now have a variable speed motor.... great little mill/drill....
  2. Thanks for all the info guys, greatly appreciated
  3. Jerrod, on the drying slowing, would you be referring to air drying slowly over a period of days ?
  4. About a 1/4 inch thick. I know should have gotten it alot thicker to start with
  5. Hello All, I'm fairly new here, and done some searching and can't come up with anything but wondering it it's ok to put a second layer of Kast-o-lite 30 in my propane forge build I'm working on ? I don't think I got it thick enough on the first go around. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks, Todd
  6. J.D. Like Daniel W said, The Backyard Blacksmith is an extremely good book. I'm new here myself and got started in bladesmithing about 2-1/2 years ago and a friend suggested this book to me. Very good read and a wealth of information and knowledge in it. I know how you feel about getting in contact with a local Blacksmith club... I'm located in South Central Illinois out in the sticks too !!
  7. Eric, I'm definitely taking notes on all this !! I'm not going to paint my forge either...Lol !!
  8. Thanks again Alan for the help with the info on the links, I just got some Kast-o-lite ordered and ready to order some burners and wool now. I think I'll try some Black Beauty burners for my first build.
  9. Where is a good place to purchase the Kast-o-Lite 30 at ?
  10. Thanks for the info on the Kast-o-Lite guys, especially the temperature rating, and the forge floor info as well. So many variables in the build process i had no idea about...
  11. Thanks Alan and Eric for the info. As a new member here I'm finding a wealth of knowledge and information the more I dig through old posts... so helpful. What else would be suggested for forge flooring if not using brick if you don't mind me asking Mr. Longmire ? I will definitely look into the Black Beauty burners. Thanks again
  12. Eric, If you don't mind me asking, I'm new to forge building and getting ready for a similar build and design myself, does the door leak any flame around it ? I like the hinge and latch design, looks to work very well.... do they just butt up against one another and seal tightly ? Or does one overlap the other and fit tightly ? Thanks with any help on this. Todd
  13. I'm a new member here also and this is exactly what I'm what I'm wanting to build !! Great looking forge !!
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